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Children's Counsellor

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum(pro rata)
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
The post holder will provide therapeutic counselling services to children and young people clients within the context of a non judgemental and confidential service and in accordance with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework.

The post holder will contribute to the development evaluation and quality standards of the SARC counselling service.

The post holder will undertake specific administration duties related to the counselling services including contracting user feedback and activity data.

The post holder will prioritise, assess, plan, evaluate and deliver all relevant aspects of care to an agreed and expected high standard.

The post holder will work closely with the multi-disciplinary team and contribute to the clinical governance process.

Main duties of the job

As the busiest SARC in the UK, we provide an integrated service of forensic medical and therapeutic medical assessment, support and therapy services to adults and children of any gender and of any age. Our aftercare service delivers specialist sexual violence support, ISVA and therapeutic services throughout Greater Manchester.

An exciting and significant opportunity has arisen for SARC to recruit a specialist counsellor to deliver trauma focused therapy to children and young people who have experienced sexual violence. Highly motivated and resourceful you will have experience of working with clients who have experienced sexual violence and a sound knowledge of offering therapy to clients with post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression, gained ideally in a multidisciplinary or healthcare environment. You will be familiar with managing your own caseload, ensuring you maintain a client centred, trauma informed ethos in a pressurised multidisciplinary service. You will be comfortable working independently including delivering interventions face to face and via the phone and video based platforms and willing to collaborate with your colleagues as you support one-another to deliver a high quality service.

The posts will be offered on a fixed term basis initially to 18/09/2025 at 22.5 hours per week and will require some evening work.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Highly motivated
  • Ability to work as part of a multi disciplinary team
  • Ability to utilise counselling supervision effectively


  • IT/Word processing skills



  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling/CBT or single model core training (eg PCA) plus post qualification training in other models


  • Qualification in trauma focused CBT or EMDR or other evidence based therapy
  • Qualification in telephone counselling
  • Qualification in working with adults or children with learning disability

Knowledge and experience


  • Demonstrable experience working therapeutically with victims of sexual violence
  • Demonstrable knowledge of trauma focused, evidence based interventions and experience of working with psychological trauma
  • Understanding/experience of counselling research and application to practice
  • In depth knowledge of issues relating to rape and sexual assault/child sexual abuse
  • Understanding of and working within BACP ethical framework
  • Experience of working with children and young people


  • Experience of teaching/delivering training to a wide range of audiences
  • Experience of assessing the needs of a wide range of children affected by sexual violence, including those displaying harmful sexual behaviour
  • Experience of working therapeutically with people with learning difficulties
  • Qualification in trauma focused CBT or EMDR
  • Qualification and experience of delivering therapy groups.



  • Registered member of the BACP


  • BACP Accreditation

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Old Saint Mary's

SARC, Old St Mary's, off Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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